Career Guidance and Development Postgraduate Diploma

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You’ll take the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI). You’ll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice.

This course is available on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Successful completion of the course results in the Career Development Institute approved career guidance professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Development or QCD). The course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in career guidance companies, higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third sector organisations. You can find out more via the CDI.

We also offer a full Career Guidance and Development MA that you may choose to study, which also leads to the award of the QCD.

Huddersfield has been teaching career guidance courses for over 40 years and has established a strong national reputation in the sector. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

By choosing to study a postgraduate award in the field of Career Guidance, you'll benefit from a hugely experienced teaching team. A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement which will allow you to enhance your practical knowledge and ensure you have the opportunity to gain the skills required by employers. You'll have the chance to work with students, staff and employers from across the sector, examining themes which relate to guidance practice. This allows you to explore how different skills, practices and theories apply to varying circumstances, as well as providing context to your own area of interest.

Jodie Boyd SEPD

Jodie Boyd, Course Leader

Course detail

Developing Professional Practice 1:Work with Individuals and Groups

This module will help you examine the professional roles of youth and community workers or careers guidance practitioners in order to enable students to develop as reflective practitioners who draw on developmental supervision. You'll consider the theory, principles and practice of working with individuals and with groups in youth and community work or careers guidance.

Inequality Inclusion and Critical Social Policy

This module will help you to understanding social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of inequality, exclusion and marginalisation in modern British society. You'll address how greater social inclusion can be achieved through consideration of key social policy challenges such as poverty and inequality, social exclusion, welfare dependency, changing family structures, and globalisation, and specific modern social policy priority areas, such as educational and employment disadvantage and disengagement, youth crime, community cohesion and welfare to work.

The Guidance Network

This module will help you to examine the networks and contexts in which guidance work is carried out. You'll address underpinning theories of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG), how these tie in with models of one to one and group interaction and how guidance is addressed in various learning settings.

Developing Professional Practice: Organisational Culture and Professional Practice

This module examines approaches to professional practice in a range of contexts. It considers the nature of the organisation within which your practice is located. You'll develop practical skills and knowledge, using theoretical justification for a range of practices. Issues such as safeguarding, guidance policy and working within a formal educational setting will be considered. Learning in the workplace will focus on your own learning contract and your progress against it.

On this course you’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of critical reflection and how to employ independent learning strategies to enable you to evaluate and inform your professional practice. You’ll also develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research.

Our full-time Postgraduate Diploma course takes 12 months to complete.

The full-time course starts in September and requires full-time students to attend on two days per week, as well as attendance at a work placement.

Our course offers a combination of teaching styles: lectures, tutorials, independent study and work based learning. Assessment is continuous and varied and includes written assignments, presentations and reports.

The course is assessed through course work; there are no timed tests or exams. The assessment on the course allows you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject. The assessment builds on your particular interests and context and is likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. You’ll be provided with guidance to help you develop your assignment work by module tutors and specialist learning support staff. For international students, we provide a weekly academic study skills support workshop to help you get the most from the main modules.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback is available after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • A degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Suitably experienced applicants without a degree will be considered.

In addition you must also have:

  • Relevant experience in a paid or voluntary basis.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview.
  • International applicants must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and be available for interview in person or via Skype.

Why Choose Huddersfield?


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Placements


A significant amount of your learning also takes place whilst on placement where you’ll gain the practical skills to successfully work with adults and young people in the wide range of settings in which careers guidance is practiced. These include workplaces, the voluntary sector, higher and further education careers services, secondary education and the National Careers Service.

The course involves a compulsory work placement consisting of a minimum of 30 days. Typically students are able to experience a placement involving a guidance agency and also within an education organisation e.g. a school/academy, or within Further/Higher Education. The aim of the placement is that students should have a wide ranging experience of information, advice and guidance provision and should be strongly involved in developing practical skills within the guidance sector.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Guidance skills can be used in a variety of settings and graduates can expect to find employment in dedicated guidance or careers guidance agencies such as the National Careers Service or Higher and Further Education Careers and Employability Services. Graduates in recent years have also found employment in related areas such as voluntary and charitable agencies (e.g. mental health provision), secondary education and training providers.

*Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

93.8% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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